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  1. XAML for live tiles

    Allow developers to implement an interface(s) on a user control and "submit" that instead of just filling in a tile data structure. This will make tiles truly "live" and open up the live of WP7 to new applications. This is also completely secure because the runtime can analyze the class (and it's IL) being submitted. A bevy of restrictions can also be heaped on the said user control in order to maintain performance and not sap battery life. Let Live tiles be live, please.

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      12 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      It’s great to see that XAML for Live Tiles is so highly requested!

      In Windows 10, we created Adaptive Tile Notifications, which partially addresses this issue. Adaptive is a lightweight XML way to define your tile notification’s appearance. It isn’t as powerful as XAML, and it isn’t animated, but it’s a step in the right direction. The MSN Weather app uses Adaptive to create their rich and beautiful live tile.

      Learn more about Adaptive here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tiles_and_toasts/archive/2015/06/30/adaptive-tile-templates-schema-and-documentation.aspx

      In the future, we’ll definitely look at how we can make Live Tiles even better, potentially by supporting XAML. There are performance and other implementation issues, but we definitely understand the need for it.

      Thanks!
      Andrew – Windows Notifications

    • Vector Tiles, App List icons, and App Bar icons

      It would be nice to see Windows Phone move to optional vector based icons instead of static bitmaps.

      This would allow the application bar (or appbar) to resize if say HD screens were added.

      Ideally, users would only need 2 icons for the marketplace: 'Tile' (contains the application name), and 'List' (just the icon for the app list). Appbars could be created at 48x48 and resized as needed.

      I know this is a pain on developers that are not designers or have designers, but an option would be nice time saver for the future. Currently I know of developers creating…

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        2 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for this suggestion! We totally understand that there’s a ton of icons at various sizes that you have to create when building a new app. In the future, we will look at how we can improve this experience (vector images would likely be the solution).

        In the meantime, here’s two great resources that help generate all the various scale factor images…

        - Photoshop actions (for full control): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/madenwal/archive/2015/11/24/photoshop-templates-amp-actions-for-generating-image-assets-for-windows-10-uwp-applications.aspx - Visual Studio extension (fastest option): https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/09611e90-f3e8-44b7-9c83-18dba8275bb2?SRC=VSIDE

        Thanks!
        Andrew – Windows Notifications

      • Let an app know if it's pinned

        At the moment there's no way for an app to know if its primary live tile is visible or not. As half the point of my app is the information on the live tile, I'd like to have a polite reminder show every so often if they haven't pinned it, but I simply don't know whether they have or not.

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          3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Interactive live tiles

          Maybe there is a way to create an API to allow us to make the live tiles really interactive (with buttons and other controls)

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            0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Can you please give us more information on exactly how you would use interactive tiles? What specifically do you, as a developer, want to be able to do with an interactive tile?

            Please give us specific examples of the interactive tile you’d like to build, so that we can understand exactly what you need!

            Thanks!
            Andrew – Windows Notifications

          • Update Live tile Option

            I suggest having an option like (UnPin) on any live tile to (Update) it. With feature user can run background service to update live tile when he need which can help developers to give instant feedback on live tile when user request.

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              0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to explicitly flip a secondary live tile instead of re-launching the app

              In short, now that we can have multiple tiles, sure, it's great that they can open the app. But why not let us flip the tile instead (Note: The mail tile would *always* open the app.) Think of a 'Stocks' app where you see the price and change on the front, then tapping it shows the graph on the back. Perhaps a double-tap opens the app like they do now.

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                0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to update a secondary tile by tapping on it, which executes a background task

                Continuing my prior post about allowing us to explicitly flip secondary live tiles with a tap instead of launching the app, this request would allow such an action to explicitly update the tile by triggering a function call in a background task.

                For instance, normally a stock price tile updates every 30 minutes via a background task, but if you tap it, the quote updates instantly.

                Or perhaps you have a tile that shows you where you are--restarurant or wherever--and you simply tap it to check in there. No need to open the app.

                Since it's user-initiated, it wouldn't drain…

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                  0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • make it possible to declare an OnClick event for live tiles

                  Make it possible to optionally declare a function OnClick() for live tiles, such that this code is executed when the live tiles is presed without leaving the home screen. Think about WiFi toggles, music controls, unmute/ mute etc.

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                    0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Microsoft.Phone.ScheduledTask

                    Allow Microsoft.Phone.ScheduledTask.
                    start at the specified time!

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                      0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Render Image from UIElement in Background task to update live tile

                      One of the things that makes Windows Phone unique is all the different custom live tiles that developers could make by rendering UIElements into images and updating the live tile with them. In Windows Phone 8.1 WinRT, there's a new rule that developers can only render UIElements that are in the VisualTree. This means that developers can't render UIElemnts from a background task, which is very important to us developers who want to provide a custom live tile for our users.

                      Please remove the restriction that a UIElement be in the VisualTree in order to render it.

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                        0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support app icons with transparent background in the Game Hub

                        My game icon was designed to have a transparent background, but when I published it and saw it listed in the Game Hub, the transparent background was not filled with the user's theme color as it would have been in the app list or when pinned to the home screen.

                        Please add support for icons with a transparent background in the Games list.

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                          0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Corporate Outlook and Personal Outlook icons looks the same

                          With the introduction of Outlook.com you now can have both Outlook.com and a corporate Outlook account synced to the device. The tile icons looks the same (as well as the lock screen notifications) and it makes it hard to make the apart (especially when I use the smallest tile where there is no tile title).

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                            0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Video in Live Titles

                            The ability to have video on Live Tiles.

                            For instance instagram, vimeo videos.
                            Goals of the week, of the favourites teams. Best plays.

                            That would rock live tiles capabilities to extreme...

                            4 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Schedule Badge Updates

                              I have a set of TimeSheet/Timer apps that use the badge notification to show the number of hours that have passed. It is great that we can Schedule Tile updates so that I can always show the latest timings on the tile itself but I would love it if I could do the same thing with Badges. If I can schedule in advance that the Badge will be 1, one hour after execution, 2 at two hours after and so on, I wouldn't need a background task every half hour to check if the badge needs setting. It should follow…

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                                0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open your API to have the possibility in a live tile a some control like slider directly in the tile

                                Open the customization of the live tile to have a possibility to control the volume of the phone and other thing. Directly with a slider in a Live Tile. THIS IS REALY IMPORTANT YOUR OPEN YOUR API TO THE COMMUNITY TO HELP YOU.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Check if tile template is supported

                                  I’m missing an API for UWP applications to check if tile template is supported for the device that the application is running. For instance, when writing this “TileLarge” is supported on desktop but not on the phone.

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                                    3 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    We suggest sending all tile template sizes, so that your tile notification will work on any device that supports TileLarge. However, if you need to specifically check that it’s not supported, you can query AnalyticsInfo.VersionInfo.DeviceFamily and check whether it’s “Windows.Desktop” or “Windows.Mobile”.

                                    If there are more requests for this feature, we could consider adding API’s to query available templates.

                                    Thanks!
                                    Andrew – Windows Notifications

                                  • Ability to place the tile title up, right or left.

                                    It would be nice for developers to be able to set the title of the tiles whether they want: up, on the right/left (flipped horizontaly).

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                                      0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Live tiles pin to desktop

                                      With the introduction of live tiles in Windows a way was found to give the user a sort of interactive shortcut. In the new windows version (10) Live tiles we're added to the start menu however a better alternative (in my opinion) would be to:

                                      Make it possible to add complete live tiles to the desktop. This way I can still see if I have mail/tweets/facebook messages etc. without having to open the start menu.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • We need a background task system event to update the wide tile (and the lock screen)

                                        We need a background task system event to update the wide tile (and the lock screen) message when the device wakes up (the lock screen becomes visible) on Windows Phone 8.1 (universal apps).
                                        The message needs to be updated with every date change (once in 24 hours), but as the BG task does not run when the phone is asleep, the messages is not updated when the user wakes up his device, and the lock screen (and the wide tile) displays a previous date's message. The messages is updated only when the app is activated by the user. This is…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Live Tiles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add/Remove Secondary Tiles without user consent

                                          In some circumstance we need to be able to at least remove secondary tile when they are pointing to stale/invalid data... For instance in my app the user can make an order and save it so it can be sent later when Internet is avail, so when the order is saved I create a SecondaryTile and when the order is sent I remove the SecondaryTile but the fact is some user just dismiss the flyout leading to a lot of invalid tile on the start screen...

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